FRAZEE AND ESCOBEDO EARN AHL CALL-UPS
Frazee promoted to Charlotte; Escobedo headed to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors
Greenville, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced two skaters have been promoted to the American Hockey League (AHL). Forward Thomas Frazee has been loaned to the Charlotte Checkers and defenseman Sean Escobedo has been loaned to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.
It’s the first time in Frazee’s two-year professional career that he has been called up to the AHL. In addition, Escobedo’s promotion is his second this season and the third of his pro career. He was loaned to AHL Hartford on February 22nd and debuted with the Wolf Pack on February 27th at Manchester. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hockey, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Ben Lovejoy, Brian Dumoulin, Buffalo Sabres, Connecticut Whale, Derrick Pouliot, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL VP, Communications
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. The American Hockey League announced today the 2014-15 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.
2014-15 AHL First All-Star Team
Goaltender – Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (38gp, 24-9-3, 1.50gaa, .943sv%, 12so)
Defense – Brad Hunt, Oklahoma City Barons (57gp, 17+31=48pts., -6, 8 PPG)
Defense – Chris Wideman, Binghamton Senators (70gp, 17+37=54pts., +5, 7 PPG, 3 GWG)
Left Wing – Chris Bourque, Hartford Wolf Pack (67gp, 27+32=59pts., +2, 10 PPG)
Center – Andy Miele, Grand Rapids Griffins (66gp, 24+43=67pts., +12, 8 PPG, 4 GWG)
Right Wing – Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids Griffins (46gp, 34+27=61pts., +1, 10 PPG, 6 GWG) Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, Sports, XL Center
Tagged American Hockey League, Bob Crawford, Brett Hextall, Bryan Lerg, Connecticut Whale, Lehigh Valley, Scott Laughton, Springfield Falcons, Syracuse Crunch, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack were not going to be denied.
Trailing by two goals twice, the Wolf Pack stormed back with five goals, including an empty netter, in the third period and beat the visiting Syracuse Crunch 6-4 before a deliriously happy crowd of 4,327 the XL Center Friday night.
“This has kind of been the typical game in this series that has been played (this year),” Pack head coach Ken Gernander said. “We have had some crazy games. Even before the shorthanded goal they scored, we felt we were coming.”
The win was critical in the tight playoff race in the Eastern Conference. There hasn’t been this type of win seen in the building in probably four or five years.
“’It was a character win,” Gernander said. “Collectively they realized we needed the points and we felt it was within us to get those two points. The guys stuck with it.”
The Pack record improves to 37-23-5-4 (83 points) and keeps them in the sixth spot, percentage points ahead of the seventh place Providence and one point behind the fifth place Worcester Sharks. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL
Tagged 2010–11 Edmonton Oilers season, American Hockey League, Connecticut Whale, Derrick Pouliot, Hockey contracts, Joey Crabb, Mike Richter, Slater Koekkoek, Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tom Kostopoulos, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Yanni Gourde
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
The Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins scored twice in the third period and needed both after a furious late charge by the Hartford Wolf Pack to seal a critical 4-3 win before 4,114 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wednesday night.
The Wolf Pack trailed 4-1 and scored twice in the last five minutes to make it a single marker difference, but try as they did, they couldn’t find the equalizer.
Chris Bourque started the comeback as he out positioned Penguins’ defenseman Scott Harrington in front of the net. Bourque easily deposited the rebound of Tommy Hughes shot from the right point at 15:11. Hughes made the play by intercepting Scott Wilson’s clearing attempt off the left wing boards and then launching an effective 55 foot shot that created the rebound. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, Junior Hockey, Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, USA Hockey, World Junior Championships, XL Center
Tagged American Hockey League, Anton Zlobin, Barry Goers, Binghamton, Brian Dumoulin, Buffalo Sabres, Casey Wellman, Chris Bourque, Columbus Blue Jackets, Connecticut Whale, Jayson Megna, New York, New York Rangers, Pennsylvania, Scott Munroe, Springfield Falcons, T. J. Brennan, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, William Karlsson
WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 30-April 5, 2015
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack (36-22-5-4, 81 pts.) swept a pair of key games this past week, moving into a share of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings and improving to 6-1-0-1 in their last eight games. Friday night at the XL Center, Mackenzie Skapski returned from nearly two months with the parent New York Rangers and rang up his third AHL shutout of the season, making 27 saves as the Wolf Pack posted their most decisive victory of the year, a 5-0 triumph over Providence. Then the Pack headed to Springfield Saturday night, and won in overtime for the fourth time in five visits to the MassMutual Center, with Danny Kristo’s second goal of the game at 1:48 of OT capping a comeback from a 2-0 deficit, and sealing a 3-2 victory.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS
* = Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings. Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs: the three division winners will be seeded first through third in order of points, and the next five teams in order of points will be seeded fourth through eighth. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, XL Center
Tagged American Hockey League, Connecticut Whale, Derrick Pouliot, Eastern Conference (NHL), Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Slater Koekkoek, Syracuse Crunch, Tom Kostopoulos, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Yanni Gourde
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack registered their fourth consecutive win defeating the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2 before 4,686 at the XL Center Friday night.
The Wolf Pack built a two goal lead early in the third period as Ryan Bourque drifted on the right wing and from forty feet out took a Mike Kostka pass and one timed it for his eleventh of season beating Phantom netminder Rob Zepp over his glove hand at 2:23.
“It was a good one-timer off a nice pass from Kostka,” Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander said. “It was a good rush and (Ryan Bourque) had a shooter’s mentality.”
The younger Bourque’s goal turned out to be his second game-winner of the season. On the goal, Chris Mueller picked up his third assist of the game and has now registered eleven points in his last nine games. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, NHL, Sports, XL Center
Tagged American Hockey League, Andrew Ebbett, Barry Brust, Blair Jones, Bob Crawford, Brian Dumoulin, Carl Klingberg, Chris Bourque, Chris Mueller, Connecticut, Connecticut Whale, Hartford, Massachusetts, MassMutual Center, Northeast Division (NHL), Ryan Bourque, Springfield, Springfield Falcons, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Yann Danis